Kabbalah and the Art of Being: The Smithsonian Lectures

Kabbalah and the Art of Being: The Smithsonian Lectures

by Shimon Shokek, Michael Leavitt


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415240451
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shimon Shokek received his PhD from the Department of Jewish philosophy and Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he taught for several years. He is currently Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Baltimore Hebrew University, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. He is the author of Jewish Ethics and Jewish Mysticism in Sefer Ha-Yashar, 1991 (English) and Repentance in Jewish Ethics, Philosophy, and Mysticism, 1995 (Hebrew).

Table of Contents

1. The Mystery of Creation; I. The "Stem Cell" Called Creation; II. The Existential Element in the Kabbalistic Creation Myth; III. The Psychological Element in the Kabbalistic Creation Myth; IV. Devekut and the Breaking of the One into the Two; Notes for chapter 1; 2. A Note on Creation in Philosophy, Mythology, and Gnosis; I. Creation in the Philosophy of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity; II. Creation in Mythology and Gnosis; Notes for chapter 2; 3. Kabbalah on God's Intent and Language in Creation; I. Ein-Sof, Sefirot, and Atzilut; II. God's Intent in Creation; III. Kabbalah and Language: Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom; Notes for chapter 3; 4. Creation and Imitatio Dei: Lurianic Kabbalah and Hasidism; I. The Creation Myth in the Kabbalah of Cordovero and the ARI; II. The Creation Myth in Hasidism; III. The Jewish Way of Imitating God; Notes for chapter 4; 5. Kabbalah and God's Individuation; I. God's Shift from the Ayin to the Yesh; II. The Worlds Below and Above: a Chain of Being; III. God's Individuation; Notes for chapter 5; 6. Kabbalah and the Art of Being; I. Awakening, Courage, Creativity, and Loving; II. Kabbalah and Self Discovery; Notes for chapter 6

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